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Make friendly letter writing authentic by organizing electronic pen pals for the students. This can be done by researching and coordinating with a classroom across the world or across the country.

Students can write friendly letters and send their letters in messages or emails under your supervision. If you prefer not to have students do this individually, you can always make it a whole-class writing experience, where you guide the students in shared writing and send the friendly letter in an email or message on behalf of the class. Ask the students to complete the Letter Writing Match-Up worksheet.

Check to see that students are organizing their letters and labeling letter parts correctly. Distribute one labeled sentence strip or index card to each student. Tell the students that you are going to turn the music on. When the music stops, they need to find the four other cards that go with their card.

After they have done that, they need to stand holding their cards in the order of a letter. Turn the music on and ask students to mix and mingle around the room, stopping the music for the students to find their group and order the different labels. Invite students to share the significance and meaning of each part of the letter. If desired, ask them to share an example. Construct a Friendly Letter.

With this worksheet, friendly letters will be under construction! Give your students the opportunity to put a friendly letter together! Put the Story Sequence in Order. Strengthen reading comprehension by putting by numbering the sentences to put the sequence of events in the correct order This writing exercise integrates both the construction of a friendly letter and the labeling of standard letter components.

Standing Up for Symbols. Students will show off their patriotism as they put their research and oral advocacy skills to the test in this history lesson. Creating a "How To" Book. Reading About Our Rights. Ask the students to come back together to a large group Order in the Court! Tell students that they just sequenced a story, or put it in the correct order. Pair ELs in high-low groups to read the sentence strips together This is where I put the details and facts, i. Check to ensure that students have indented correctly and grouped similar ideas together But first, we have to verify your age!

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How likely are you to recommend Education. Not at all likely. What could we do to improve Education. What would make you love Education. Rather than asking her in person, he decides to send her a special invitation, but a thunderstorm on the way to the mailbox sends Peter's plans into a tailspin. Will Amy get the letter in time? And will she come to Peter's party?

This story's themes of communication and friendship are sure to resonate with boys and girls alike. Begin a discussion with students about letters and mail. Have the students ever sent or received a letter? Next, show students the cover of the book and read the title aloud. Invite students to make predictions about the story by asking:. Invite children to talk about any birthday parties they may have had. Did they invite any friends?

Did they send out invitations or ask their friends in person? Which way do children think is better, and why? Rain is an important element in A Letter to Amy.

Students can find out how rain works by making their own rainfall. Soon students will see a "cloud" forming under the plastic and "raindrops" beginning to fall back into the water! This is because some of the hot water has evaporated and turned into water vapor. When the vapor hits the cold plastic, it condenses into drops which fall back into the water. Students have just witnessed the water cycle right in the classroom.

In the story, a windy day caused Peter a lot of trouble. Students can have fun exploring the properties of wind with a wind sock art project. In the story, Peter's mother helps him include the right information on his invitation to Amy.

Why not help students practice invitation-writing by having your own celebration? When it's time for birthday cake, Peter's friends suggest several wishes for him to make, but Peter makes his own wish before he blows the candles out.

Revisit this part of the story and use it as a springboard for a fun graphing activity. Invite children to send messages to special friends by creating a post office right in the classroom. You can also try sending the postcards through the real postal service. Be sure to copy the postcards onto heavy paper for durability, and have children seal the front and back together well. Children can design and send postcards to friends, relatives, or even to family members at their own address — and then watch to see when it arrives!

Note that the postcard is not regulation size and therefore will require a letter-rate stamp. Ezra Jack Keats was a Caldecott Medal-winning picture book author and illustrator.

Use these activities and lessons to introduce students to Keats's work. List Name Delete from selected List. Save Create a List. The Teacher Store Cart. Before Reading Begin a discussion with students about letters and mail. Would you rather get a letter in the mail from a special friend, or talk to them on the phone? How would you feel if you went home today and found a letter addressed to you in your mailbox?

What kinds of things do people tell each other in letters? If you were to write a letter, who would you write to and what would you say? Invite students to make predictions about the story by asking: What do you think the letter to Amy is about?

What might the boy want to say? What is the weather like? What do you think will happen to the letter? Questions Talk with children about the characters' feelings throughout the story.

Why do you think Peter wanted to send a special invitation to Amy? Why didn't Peter want Amy to see the letter? How did Amy feel when he bumped into her and grabbed the letter? How did Peter feel when he finally saw Amy at his party? Next, discuss the weather in the story and how it affected the characters and plot. Why did Peter have so much trouble mailing the letter? How do you think he felt on the way home from the mailbox?

How do you feel on rainy days? Materials Several large, clear jars or bowls Sheets of plastic wrap Ice cubes Hot water Directions Fill each jar with hot water, supervising closely for safety. Help students cover the tops of the jars tightly with plastic wrap. Put a few ice cubes on top. Encourage students to watch closely to see what will happen inside the jar. Combining Science and Art In the story, a windy day caused Peter a lot of trouble.

Have students smear glue along the inner edge of one end of the tube. Have them attach the ends of several tissue paper strips to the inside of the tube. The strips should be placed close together and can even overlap a bit.

Help students punch three holes at equal points around the opposite end of the tube. Distribute the yarn and have students thread each piece of yarn through one of the holes and tie the ends in place.

Have students tie all three pieces of yarn together to create a long handle. Begin your wind explorations indoors with an electric fan. Start by turning the fan on at its lowest setting. Let children take turns holding their wind socks in front of the fan with the tails facing away from the fan.

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Have students use notebook paper and pens/pencils to pen a letter to a friend explaining what they did over summer break. Friendly Letter Lesson Plan; Letter Writing Lesson Plan. Description: This is a lesson based on the book, My Friend Bear, by Jez Alborough. Each student writes a letter to a friend describing the strengths of the friendship. 1. Students will be able to make predictions about the content of the story by examining the cover and title. 2. Students will be.